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Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:  
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Jamie Kirk

8.0


The Wallace and Gromit Collection

The Wallace and Gromit Collection collects all the famous shorts by Academy Award winning director Nick Park in one nifty set. While the omission of the full length feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit fails to make this a complete collection, there is still enough here for fans of the fans of the charming duo to make up for it.

By now most would have a passing familiarity with Wallace and Gromit. The previously mentioned shorts and feature have all been critical and commercial successes, and the duo themselves have found widespread pop culture fame. They have been used as sponsors for a great many things and are by now a British cultural institution. Wallace is an inventor that enjoys cups of tea with cheese and crackers. Gromit is his canine companion, an intelligent dog with a knack for electronics. Together they enjoy a quiet life at home, apart from the odd time someone is trying to kill them.

These odd times are the basis for the four shorts. Wallace usually remains blissfully unaware of this until the end, whereas Gromit is automatically suspicious of these odd occurrences. Wallace and Gromit derives a lot of humour from these situations, and even though the general plot is the same in each short, there is always a new joke, be it from the characters to some of the sight gags. The sight gags themselves are something to behold, in fact the entire collection is something to behold visually. The first short took six years to make, and although it looks a little dated compared to the newer ones, is still quite an accomplishment. The characters convey a great range of emotion from their facial expressions, especially the silent Gromit who conveys all of his traits through subtle facial tics. The set pieces are incredibly well done, and as the shorts progress, each one gets more technically advanced and polished.

The characters are what really makes the shorts work, as very little traditional jokes are delivered. No most of the humour comes from the personality of Wallace and Gromit. Their relationship is exceptionally well defined, and they both have plenty of shining moments throughout the shorts. Gromit’s exasperated head shakes will be often matching the viewers at some of Wallace’s lack of awareness but there will still be a smile on their face because it’s just so damn entertaining.

The special features are a decent bunch, the most notable is the making of featurette for “A Matter of Loaf and Death”. This shows the process in quite intricate detail and shows the scope and precision the team work with. It also offers up many of the teams opinion of what makes Wallace and Gromit work as a whole. It is a highly informative and entertaining diversion once the shorts themselves are finished. There is another behind the scenes regarding the “cracking contraptions” and a few more featurettes concerning the duo.

While not quite a definitive collection, The Complete Collection of Wallace and Gromit offers enough to come as a recommended purchase. For people familiar with Wallace and Gromit, it is definitely worth adding to the collection. For those unfamiliar, it would also be worth adding to the collection, as it is a funny, well made and utterly charming collection of shorts.






 
 



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